Lighter hybrid

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  1. Returning_cyclist

    Returning_cyclist New Member

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    I currently have a Trek FX3 Hybrid. It weighs about 26 pounds, which isn't bad for a basic hybrid. But I'm thinking about upgrading to something lighter, probably a carbon frame. I can go with a Trek FX5 Sport, which is about 3 pounds lighter, but I'm wondering if there are some other bikes out there that are: equally light (or lighter) and not crazy expensive. I want to keep the cost below $2k.

    I would like a bike that has a low gear in the 1:1 range (i.e. if it has a 34 chain ring, then the cassette would also have a 34). I'm old and slow and climbing is not my strong suit. Also I could care less about disk brakes. Yeah, better in inclement weather, but I never ride in the rain.

    Thanks for any ideas.

    Don
     
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  2. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    You realize that by wanting the lightest bike you are also asking for the most expensive one?

    Thus maybe you want the Specialized Sirrus Pro Carbon hybrid bike? it will set you back a cool $2,700, and it weighs 20.7 pounds. That's about as light as you're going to find a hybrid because they are built a bit heavier so the frames can take more abuse than a road bike will have to take. This bike is also the most comfortable to ride on because it uses the Specialized Zertz vibration absorbing system.

    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/sirrus-pro-carbon/p/106385
     
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    Returning_cyclist New Member

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    Thanks Froze. I didn't say "lightest", but lighter. The Canyon CF 7.0 Hybrid goes about 19.5 pounds and costs $1,800. But I know nothing about Canyon bikes, they aren't sold through dealers. Spending $2k on a bike sight unseen is not something that appeals to me. That the Specialized is a comfortable ride is a really big plus, I'll have to track one down.
     
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    Froze Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what the difference is between the Canyon and the Specialized that makes the Canyon lighter and the cost less! I did hear when Canyon became all the rage that there were some frame issues with their road bikes, I'm not much into MTB's and hybrids so I haven't read about those, but when a road bike frame failed while under warranty Canyon wouldn't honor their warranty, not to mention the hassle they gave people trying to get a response out of Canyon...so I'm a bit leery of the them even though lately they seemed to have cleaned up their act and even got voted bike company of the year last year by some European rag for customer service, so maybe the negative beginnings woke them up?

    I had a bike that the Scandium frame cracked after about 8,000 miles and a year of time, the company, out of Italy, refused to honor the warranty saying the frame failed due to fatigue!? My lawyer said it wasn't worth pursuing because his cost would exceed the value of the frame easily, for free my lawyer sent a letter just to see what would happen and the company didn't respond. And that's what would happen if a frame fails a lawyer isn't going to be of much use because the cost of the legal fees would be by far greater than the cost of another frame and I think bicycle companies as a whole know that fact real well so some will play that game. Even Litespeed, after the original owner, Lynskey, sold it to ABG or some such company, were putting out frames with issues and ABG would not honor their warranty, I think they too after much negative publicity decided to play nice and are no longer doing that. There was one guy that I knew on a forum that had a lot of money, he decided to retain a lawyer against LiteSpeed even though he knew it was going to cost a lot more money then the frame was worth, and after 2 years he finally won the case, but he probably could have bought 3 or 4 brand new titanium bikes for what the legal fees cost him! but he wanted to teach them a lesson and could afford to do so.

    Anyway, I would definitely look at the Specialized models and see what you think after test riding them. Most people simply love the Zertz vibration dampening system, I rode one of their road bikes once and I also liked it too but I decided on a titanium Lynskey, which the properties of the TI dampens vibrations just as well I thought.
     
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    Returning_cyclist New Member

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    Again, thank you for the detailed reply, I appreciate you taking the time.
     
  6. DavidRogers39

    DavidRogers39 New Member

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    If you like you can look at the SAVADECK DECK300.

    The TORAY T800 Carbon Fiber Frame provides mountain bike with a structure, that is uniquely strong and lightweight.

    The SR Suntour fork delivers 100mm of suspension travel provides added control and comfort.

    Continental bike tire provides excellent multi-condition performance.

    You can read the complete review of the bike here. This bike will cost you around $1100.
     
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    Returning_cyclist New Member

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    David, thank you for the response, however I don't go off road. My understanding is that the Savadeck weighs roughly 37 pounds. My bike is in the 25 range and I'm hoping to get something in the low 20s. I'd ride a road bike, but with osteo-arthritis in my spine, I can't ride in a tuck position anymore. Hence, a light hybrid.

    Again, thanks for your response.
     
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